National Life Group donates 2,000 books to Maryland inner-city school

first_imgNational Life Group,Employees of National Life Group donated more than 2,000 books to an inner-city school in Maryland, helping to fuel the principal’s ambitious dream of bringing 10,000 books into his school.‘I believe reading is the foundation for everything,’ says Herman Whaley, principal of the 200-student Capitol Heights Elementary School, located on the Maryland border with Washington, D.C. ‘If you are not a good reader you are going to struggle.’The 2,000 books were presented at a school assembly in December at which students, in a format akin to a television game show, answered book-themed questions.‘You have to celebrate reading and books the way we celebrate our athletes,’ says Whaley. ‘You have to be a cheerleader and celebrate it so it becomes contagious, like you are celebrating a sporting event like the Super Bowl.’The partnership with National Life Group was born in a community group set up by Whaley to brainstorm ideas for nurturing literacy in the area schools.National Life Group is a family of financial service companies that offer life insurance, annuities, and investment* products and services. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest (LSW), a member of National Life Group, is a leading provider of 403(b) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans, primarily in the K-12 school marketplace, including Capital Heights Elementary School.‘This idea to work with National Life to enhance our school library and classroom libraries came to fruition at our community think tank meeting,’ said Whaley. The suggestion came from Rosette Barner-Wiley, a former teacher who is a member of Whaley’s community group and who also sells National Life’s 403(b) retirement products.She contacted Lewis Smith, who is National Life’s director of 403(b) services. Smith, based in Dallas, and Matt DeSantos, who is National Life’s vice president of marketing and business development and is based in Montpelier, organized book drives at both the Montpelier and Dallas campuses of National Life Group.Both Smith and DeSantos were on hand when the 2,000 books were delivered to the school.Smith told the students that books played a critical role in his life and he talked about ‘the places you can go when you read,’ adding, ‘There are certain things people cannot take away from you when you are growing up ‘ and when you are grown up ‘ and that’s what you have up here (pointing to his head), what you learn, where your imagination takes you, what you have right here in your heart.’DeSantos told the students that the best TV is in their minds. ‘It is using your imagination,’ he said. On the importance of reading, he added, ‘It’s about dreams. No one can take it away from you.’The school has launched a Read 25 program to support each student in reading and discussing at least 25 books every school year.Whaley has taken the Read 25 program one step further and initiated an additional goal to get 10,000 books into his school.The 2,000 books were delivered without charge by ABF Freight System, Inc. of Williston, Vt.‘While ABF is a company with a global reach, our people work and live in local communities across the map ‘ communities just like Montpelier and Capital Heights. For this reason it means so much more to know that we can serve the very communities where we live by supporting worthwhile causes such as this one,’ said Russ Aikman, director of marketing and public relations at ABF.###About National Life Group – www.nationallife.com(link is external)National Life Group is a family of financial service companies that offer life insurance, annuities, and investment* products and services. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest (LSW), a member of National Life Group, is a leading provider of 403(b) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans, primarily in the K-12 school marketplace. LSW offers traditional fixed and indexed annuities to educators and employees in more than 7,000 school districts, including several of the largest and smallest school districts in the country.National Life Group® is a trade name of National Life Insurance Company, Montpelier, Vt., Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Addison, Texas, and their affiliates. Each company of National Life Group is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest is not an authorized insurer in New York and does not conduct insurance business in New York.*Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, a member of National Life Group, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05604. 800-344-7437.last_img read more

Arsenal legend Martin Keown criticises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after victory over Bournemouth

first_img Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Oct 2019 1:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares / PLAY (Picture: BBC Sport)‘I know it’s tough but you can’t allow that kind of space,’ Keown said. Keown insists Aubameyang must ‘work harder’ when Arsenal aren’t in possession (Picture: Getty)The former Arsenal defender highlighted two instances when Aubameyang’s failure to press almost cost the north London club.‘Let’s give them credit because it’s been a difficult week for Arsenal,’ Keown said.‘I thought they pressed really well, that intensity in their play… that’s what every good team is looking for. It’s not just playing with the ball – it’s also what you do without it.‘They started the game very well from that point of view, everyone was engaging. About Connatix V67539 Arsenal legend Martin Keown criticises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after victory over Bournemouth Keown added: ‘This [above] is exactly the same. Aubameyang is slow to press and Saka doesn’t make it either which allows Bournemouth to play it out.‘Dani Ceballos, the poor fella, is in there on his own – the two other midfield players (Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka) should get up with him and be together as a midfield.‘These are things you need to work on in training because better teams will punish Arsenal.‘That has to improve if they are going to finish in the top four.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery said he was ‘very proud’ of Arsenal’s victory but admitted his players lost momentum in a lacklustre second-half display against Eddie Howe’s side.‘We were speaking before the match, the first four matches we played, today we wanted to do one step ahead, doing better and controlling better the match but knowing it was going to be difficult,’ the Spaniard said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We played with a very good organisation, defensively very strong. We scored one goal and got into their box with possibilities to score goals. Advertisement (Picture: BBC Sport)Keown also criticised Guendouzi and Xhaka for failing to press with Ceballos. EXAMPLE 1 Keown felt Aubameyang was slow to press Bournemouth’s defenders. Emery: Victory over Bournemouth ‘one more step’ towards consistencyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:48FullscreenEmery: Victory over Bournemouth ‘one more step’ towards consistencyhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-victory-bournemouth-one-step-consistency-2021034/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘The second half was a very good opportunity to keep our confidence, to get better with the ball and stop their action with the ball.‘We did it perfectly in the first half but in the second half, maybe because the chances arrived late, we lost that.‘We are very happy with that result and very proud of that result.’Will Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%Nope0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Paul Pogba posts injury update to Manchester United fans after Newcastle defeat Manchester United captain Harry Maguire EXAMPLE 2 Aubameyang must work harder when Arsenal aren’t in possession, says Keown. Read More Coming Next Skip (Picture: BBC Sport)center_img SPONSORED Comment Full Screen 1 min. story Martin Keown singled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for criticism after Arsenal beat Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has got Arsenal out of trouble time and time again this season, but Martin Keown had no problem criticising the striker after the side’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth.David Luiz headed home Nicolas Pepe’s corner in the 9th minute in an encouraging start for Arsenal on Sunday and Unai Emery’s men managed to hold on for three points to move to third in the Premier League table.The Gunners seemed to take their foot off the gas after an impressive first half and Callum Wilson came close to equalising for the Cherries in front of a nervous Emirates crowd.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking on Match of the Day 2, Keown blasted Arsenal for ‘switching off’ in the second half and told Aubameyang to ‘work harder’ without the ball in order to set the tone for the rest of the team.ADVERTISEMENT (Picture: BBC Sport)According to Keown, Arsenal’s defence were sat far too deep in the second half. Read More Read More Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 (Picture: BBC Sport) Read More Top articles Video Settings ‘But in the second half they seemed to switch off. Aubameyang… look, you’re scoring the goals but, fella, you need to work harder!‘I know it’s tough but you can’t allow that kind of space. [Bukayo] Saka as well, nobody really getting there, they just don’t engage properly and the back four is far too deep.‘Because the back four are so deep, look at the space behind the full-backs and they’re [Bournemouth] just running wild into those spaces and it’s a problem for Arsenal.‘They need to be better.’ by Metro Advertisementlast_img read more

Sexwale heads to Egypt to seek African support

first_imgFIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will travel to Cairo on Tuesday to seek support from African soccer leaders.Sexwale, a South African mining tycoon and former political prisoner, says he will fly to Egypt after an invitation from African soccer confederation president Issa Hayatou. The confederation’s executive committee is holding a two-day meeting in Cairo.Sexwale said he met with Hayatou – currently the interim FIFA president – in Zurich last week.Sexwale is one of eight men hoping to stand in next year’s emergency election to replace Sepp Blatter. The 54 votes from African countries – FIFA’s largest confederation – could prove decisive.last_img read more

EHS alum Curts finishes as top Maine runner in Beach to Beacon 10K

first_imgCAPE ELIZABETH — Ellsworth High School alum Dan Curts had a strong performance in Saturday’s Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, placing first among all Maine runners in the field.Curts, a 2014 Ellsworth graduate, finished the race in 29 minutes, 26 seconds, more than a full minute ahead of the next Maine finisher, Ryan Smith of Farmington. He placed 12th of 6,414 finishers.At Ellsworth, Curts set numerous records for the school’s cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. He continued his running career at the Division I level as a member of the cross-country and track teams at Iowa State University.Curts won a prize of $1,000 for finishing as the state’s top male runner in the race, which takes runners from Cape Elizabeth’s Crescent Beach State Park to the scenic Portland Head Light. A prize of the same amount also went to the state’s top female runner, Sofie Matson of Falmouth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOther local finishers in the race included Brendan Penfold of Deer Isle (52nd place), Josh Bloom of Bar Harbor (292nd place), Matthew Barton of Mount Desert (335th) and Sidney Beardsworth of Blue Hill (1020th). Bar Harbor had the most competitors of any Hancock County city or town with eight.Alex Korio of Eldoret, Kenya, won the race with a time of 27:34, the second-fastest finish in Beach to Beacon history. Fellow Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, holder of the current 10K, 15K and 20K and half-marathon world records, was the top female finisher with a time of 31:04 and overall place of 20th.last_img read more